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Calling all chinchilla (or rodent) owners

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

As it's finally starting to warm up in Virginia the heat is starting to slowly rise in my apartment. While I am trying to buy a house before spring officially hits, that's looking less and less likely.

Here is what I need:
All suggestions/advice/tricks for keeping a chinchilla cool when the temperature will most assuredly get over 80 degrees in my apartment. We already have 2 slabs of granite and I am thinking of just lining the entire cage with them if needed.
I have heard of putting their chin dust in the fridge to make the dust particles cold, as well as putting in a baking pan filled with ice cubes (covered) that they can lay on.

Our apartment will not turn on the ac until the last possible second. Last year they did not turn it on until April 28th even though the weather outside was in the high 90's for 2 weeks prior. They only turned it on to avoid lawsuits. Last year I lost one of my pet rats to heat stroke (she was already at the end, but would have had a few more months) and one of my neighbors had to rush their 2 month old baby to the ER for heat stroke. When we first complained about the heat we were told "it will be on in the next 24 hours"...4 days later disaster struck. I'm hopeful they learned their lesson and will switch to heat far sooner, but I'm not banking on the intelligence of my apt. managers.

I am not burying another animal this year. In 2009 I had to bury my three rats and my mil's beloved cat. I also had deal with my grandfather dying (on the night of my wedding, how's that for timing), my bil's father, and my friends 2 kids. I am simply not dealing with it this year.
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